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Everett, Clarke Selected for 2011 NCAA Career in Sports Forum

April 26, 2011

Western Carolina football player Chris Everett and Catamount women's basketball player Emily Clarke have been selected to participate in the 2011 NCAA Career in Sports Forum.

The NCAA Career in Sports Forum (Forum) is a four-day event, June 12-15, 2011 in Indianapolis, Ind., through which selected student-athletes will explore and be educated on careers in sports, with a primary focus on intercollegiate athletics. This Forum will be provided to participants at no cost. The NCAA will cover airfare, lodging and meals during the Forum. Through the use of dual tracks, participants will examine the key functions of a coach or administrator within sports. Foundational skills such as communication, networking, recruiting, managing culture, transitioning and budgeting will be covered with participants. In this year's process, the NCAA had more than 1,100 nominations and 850 completed applications. Upon review of the selection committee, 303 student-athletes were selected to participate in 10 sport-specific coaching tracks and one administration track.

The coaching track will be conducted in a rotation of NCAA sponsored sports, with the 2011 Forum open to student-athletes (SA) who have interest in coaching the sports of: cross country/track and field, basketball, field hockey, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, and volleyball. The administrator track will cover the internal and external operations of an intercollegiate athletics department, which includes, but not limited to: academics, communications, compliance, development, event management, marketing, etc.

Everett, a rising senior defensive back from Greenville, N.C., is the current president of Western Carolina's Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) and will serve a second term in 2011-12 for his fourth year of service to the organization. He was also selected as the Southern Conference's representative to the NCAA SAAC and has twice represented WCU at the SoCon's Student-Athlete Leadership Institute (SALI). Last fall, he was nominated for the 2010 All-State AFCA Good Works team.

Clarke, who hails from Snellville, Ga., has a 3.61 GPA and will graduate in May with a degree in psychology and was thrice named to the Southern Conference Winter All-Academic Team. She became the 22nd player in school history to eclipse 1,000 points and ended her career with 1,222 points. Clarke was named to the Southern Conference All-Tournament team in 2008 and 2009 and helped Western Carolina win the 2009 Southern Conference Tournament.